Erin Ross, OPB

Erin Ross

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West End, QLD, Australia

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Recent:
  • OPB
Past:
  • NPR
  • Axios
  • Scientific American
  • 90.5 WESA
  • InsideScience - ISNS

Recent articles by Erin:

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Live updates: At least 1 Clackamas County wildfire that has destroyed homes was human-caused

In Clackamas County, officials confirmed at least one of the four wildfires that have destroyed property was human-caused. And wildfires across the state are closing major roads. As of Wednesday morning, four of nine routes over the Cascade Mountains are closed entirely. → Read More

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Evacuation orders issued along Oregon Highway 22 as wildfires spread quickly Monday night

Towns along Highway 22 in Santiam Canyon and Highway 126 near McKenzie Bridge have been evacuated as high winds push wildfires west. → Read More

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Oregon moves to open playgrounds, public pools

State officials say that science shows its safe to open parks and pools, if cases stay low. → Read More

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New metrics make it easier for rural Oregon schools to reopen

The Oregon Department of Education has announced new health metrics that make it easier for rural schools to reopen. But districts are still trying to figure out what these benchmarks mean. → Read More

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Is indoor dining safe? Oregon’s data can’t say

OHA says data shows «no significant transmission» at Oregon bars and restaurants, but theyre also not tracking it specifically. → Read More

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Pandemic Reveals Itself As A Threat To Rural And Urban Oregonians, Alike

The coronavirus pandemic is being revealed as a challenge shared by rural and urban Oregon. Rural areas are facing their own unique challenges and some that mirror those of urban places. → Read More

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Here's How Oregon's Reopening Depends On Testing And Tracing Benchmarks

The state has established what it considers an achievable list of requirements that counties must meet to be cleared to enter the first phase of reopening. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown Lays Out COVID-19 Testing And Contact Tracing As Keys To Reopening Oregon

The governor warned reopening Oregon wouldn’t happen all at once and would be slower than what anyone wants. But, she said, certain regions of the state could happen as soon as May 15. → Read More

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Oregon's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Starts Ramping Up

Oregon’s capacity to test for COVID-19 is ramping up. Providence Health & Services announced they’ve received supplies to begin testing for the disease. And the state announced a new testing contract. → Read More

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A Glossary Of Coronavirus Terms, From ARDS To Zoonotic

We've compiled a list of COVID-19 jargon. It covers most of the words you'll encounter in the news and more technical writing. Because honestly, what even is an enzyme and why should we care? → Read More

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Everything You Want To Know About Coronavirus (And Other Stuff, Too)

We've got answers to your coronavirus questions, including some you didn't know you had. From wearing masks to the origins of the virus, it's all here. → Read More

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The Mosquito And The Northwest Orchid: A Love Story. Sort Of.

Mosquitoes don't just drink blood, they also drink nectar from flowers. Scientists think this Pacific Northwest orchid could help us develop better mosquito traps and better repellents. → Read More

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Many Of The West's Estuaries Have Vanished: Here's Why That Matters

More than 85% of the West Coast's estuary habitat has vanished since white settlers first arrived. What little remains is under threat from sea level rise. → Read More

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Ancient 'Hyena-Pig' Discovered To Have Once Roamed Oregon

What walks like a pig, eats like a hyena, and was the size of a large bear? Meet Oregon's first mesonychid: an ancient 'murder-cow' to haunt your nightmares. → Read More

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Lab Results Show Wallowa Lake Free of Herbicide Barrel Contaminants

Environmental officials say lab tests from northeast Oregon’s Wallowa Lake have found no detection of herbicides. → Read More

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Portland City Council Approves Funding For Superfund Cleanup Plans

A hundred years of industry polluted the Portland Harbor. Now, finally, city leaders reached an agreement to fund plans to clean it. → Read More

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A Piece Of Sacred Meteorite Is Returned To An Oregon Tribe

A 4.5 ounce piece of a meteorite finally returned home to an Oregon tribe that considers it sacred. → Read More

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Alpine Frogs Under Threat From Climate Change

Alpine lakes in the Northwest are drying up, and so are the frogs and tadpoles that live in them → Read More

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Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate Change But That Won't Last Forever

For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University. → Read More

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The (Mostly) Invisible Volcano That Built Bend

Four hundred thousand years ago, a monster eruption shook the central Cascades. Today, most of the evidence of it is gone — unless you know where to look. → Read More